Established to celebrate the historic Royal gift of tulips from the Dutch to Canadians during the Second World War as a symbol of international friendship, the Canadian Tulip Festival preserves the memorable role of the Canadian troops in liberation of the Netherlands and Europe. It also commemorates the only birth of a royal on Canadian grounds with the birth of Dutch Princess Margriet in Ottawa during the World War II.
Taking place May 10-20, the Canadian Tulip Festival includes a concert series and fireworks display as well as activities for the entire family spread out over the 10 days.
While in Ottawa, you can also take the opportunity to explore the city and take in one of the greatest engineering feats of the 19th century, the Rideau Canal. Explore the canal with riverboat companies like Le Boat offering luxury accommodations that you can drive yourself whether you have previous boating experience or not.